The main premise of your writing

Once you have decided on the theme your novel will deal with, you must define your personal perspective, the view of the author. If the theme is just a word that contains the essence of the novel, the premise is a sentence that establishes your stance on the theme. It is not supposed to be a complex sentence, but a premise contains all that goes on in a story, without the characters, scenes or dates, just the theme, conflict, and conclusion.

For example, if your theme is “lies”, then your premise could be something like “ lies always end up being discovered” and the story that you’ll write will have to deal with this premise, it will be the compass, a promise you’ll make to the reader, and that you’ll have to keep.

Being a personal and subjective stance, the premise does not need to be a universal truth. It is your opinion on the theme, your thesis, which you’ll demonstrate in the novel.

Why a main premise? Because as you may have guessed, in complex stories, such as novels, there will be subplots, sub-themes, and premises for each sub-theme. The important thing at this point, is to define the main premise that will constitute your opinion on the main theme.

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